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The Brooklyn Museum has amassed one of the largest and most diverse collections in the United States. Its vast holdings range from the ancient to the contemporary and encompass virtually all the world's principal cultures, reflecting the institution's long history of acquiring Western and non-Western art.

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Oct 5, 2018 Edward Hicks
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From about 1820, the self-taught artist and Quaker preacher Edward Hicks painted approximately sixty versions of The Peaceable Kingdom in an effort to reconcile his artistic vocation with his ardent faith. The subject is based on verses from the Old Testament Book of Isaiah that describe an Edenic world in which predatory animals (a leopard, lion, and bear) coexist in harmony with meeker creatures (a lamb, kid, and calf) and children. In the background, the earthly realization of this prophecy...
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Dec 18, 2017 James Frothingham
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Nov 4, 2017 John J. Audubon
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Jan 23, 2017 James Tissot
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Nov 22, 2015 William Glackens
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Is this a modern Eve about to take a bite of the apple? William Glackens certainly counted on his viewers to make that association. Moreover, he offered a fresh American update on the subject of the nude studio model, paraphrasing one of France's most famous paintings, Edouard Manet's Olympia. Object metadata can change over time, please check the Brooklyn Museum object record for the latest information.
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Aug 31, 2015 Gilbert Stuart
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Gilbert Stuart portrayed George Washington several times in this stately, full-length portrait format known as the Grand Manner, initially reserved for royalty. In this case, he used European models for the setting and figure, and then adapted the iconography for an American subject. Standing in the classical pose of an orator (with arm extended), Washington appears in formal civilian clothing, but holds a sword that recalls his military achievements and suggests the might of his presidency....
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Aug 24, 2015 Muhammad Rafi`
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Dec 6, 2012 Yi Chong
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The sixteenth-century ink-wash painting, a type rarely found outside Korean collections, uses strong, deliberate brushwork to convey ideas of space and perspective. Yi Chong, a Buddhist monk who came from a renowned family of artists, was a respected court painted during his short life. His work was heavily influenced by the Chinese tradition of the scholar-artist. The style of this painting invokes the Zhe School of Ming dynasty China, and the subject alludes to a poem by the Chinese poet Li...
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Dec 8, 2011 Charles Willson Peale
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The wife of a wealthy Continental army officer and the mother of eleven children, Mrs. David Forman was portrayed by Charles Willson Peale in an interior that was meant to suggest the elegance and bounty of her domestic life. Peale was one of the rare American colonial artists to include paintings in his portrait interiors. The presence of the landscape hanging behind Ann Forman signaled the cultured life of the Forman household, and the gently idealized curves of its composition offered a...
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- Utagawa Toyokuni I
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Homer’s artistic growth is signaled here by his interest in the figure as a major design element. The physical grace and control required for skating are conveyed in the massing of the three prominent figures, which create a strong diagonal that bisects the composition. Their forms parallel each other, governing and unifying the overall compositional rhythm. Such visual harmonies lend a stylish flair to the engraving, in which the eye is drawn from the dainty pointed feet of the two main...
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- William Keith
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- Charles Harold Davis
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- Charles Autenrieth
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Following his presentation to the crowds from the loggia, Jesus is taken from Pilate’s palace—at half past eleven in the morning, Tissot precisely notes—to the public square where he will be officially condemned to death. Made a figure of mockery, Jesus is forced to wear the crown of thorns as well as the short scarlet cloak and carries a reed, meant to evoke a royal scepter. Focusing on the injuries suffered by Jesus, Tissot also notes that, at every step, the woolen cloak would have...
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- Narcisse-Virgile Diaz de la Peña
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For Diaz, like so many of the Barbizon painters, the Fontainebleau Forest outside of Paris proved a constant source of inspiration. In these two paintings, the painter adopts a similar compositional strategy, using large trees to frame a body of water or a clearing at the center of his scene. Diaz plays with the patterns of light and shadow created by sunlight filtering through the leaves onto the forest floor. He uses thick, black strokes to define the contours of the trees, as is particularly...
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- John Taylor Arms
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- F. C. Lewis
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- Robert Henri
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This ink-wash drawing by Henri is highly suggestive of the works of James McNeill Whistler and of the Japanese prints that inspired him. While teaching at the Women’s School of Design in Philadelphia in 1893, Henri served as host to the noted Japanese artist and lecturer Beisen Kubota, who gave a demonstration of quick-sketch brush-and-ink technique. For a brief period after meeting Kubota, John Sloan and Henri carried around a brush and bottle of ink to make on-the-spot sketches. Object...
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As news of Jesus’ teachings and deeds spread, his followers grew in number. Without adequate provisions to feed them, Jesus gathers five loaves and two fishes from a young boy in this large company, and after giving thanks to God, distributes them, managing to feed all who are hungry. Tissot offers an expansive view of the scene, one so broad that it becomes difficult to distinguish Jesus himself, at the upper right. However, this compositional strategy emphasizes the magnitude of the miracle...
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For this scene, Tissot directly integrated one of the motifs from his extensive sketching campaigns in Palestine into a finished composition for the Gospel narrative. Here, a large boulder the artist had drawn by the Sea of Tiberias becomes the rock on which Jesus sits as he preaches to his followers. Such direct correlations between the sketched motif and the Gospel narrative evoke Tissot’s claim for what he termed hyperaesthesia —a combination of direct observation of his surroundings and...
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- James Tissot
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- John Singer Sargent
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- Frances Flora Palmer
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Frances “Fanny” Palmer was a professional artist who worked for the famous printmaking firm of Currier & Ives for twenty years. Although watercolor was considered a polite accomplishment for genteel women—what an 1856 writer referred to as a “husband-catcher”—it was rare for a woman to have an artistic career in the mid-nineteenth century. This picture of a handsome Neoclassical mansion on Fulton Street in Brooklyn demonstrates Palmer’s deft control of the watercolor medium...
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Drawing on a story from the apocryphal Protoevangelion of James, Tissot depicts the expectant mood in the Temple as eligible bachelors await the sign that will determine the identity of the Holy Virgin’s betrothed. In Tissot’s image, the high priest emerges from an inner sanctuary into a richly appointed area with patterned rugs and marble columns to give each man a staff. Ranging in age from fresh-faced youths to white-bearded old men, the suitors look expectantly at the priest as he...
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- Ralph Albert Blakelock
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- Indian
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- James Abbott McNeill Whistler
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- James Tissot
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The natural half-light and careful detailing in this very direct portrait of a young minister's wife demonstrate the achievement of the young John Singleton Copley, America's greatest colonial portraitist. In comparison to his early works, which were more deliberately prettified (in a European manner known as the Rococo), this portrait of Mrs. Cumming reveals Copley's growing passion for the accurate but artful description of light on forms and textures. Object metadata can change over time,...
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- John J. Audubon
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- John J. Audubon
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- Charles Frederic Ulrich
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- Giovanni Battista Piranesi
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- William Rickarby Miller
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- George de Forest Brush
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- Arthur Parton
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Little is known about Arthur Parton’s watercolor activities, although he did exhibit regularly with the American Watercolor Society beginning in 1880. Depicting one of America’s most sublime and popular landscape subjects, this ambitious picture provides a good example of an exhibition watercolor. Its highly textured surface—created with opaque paints—approximates the material and atmospheric effects Parton achieved in his oil paintings. Object metadata can change over time, please...
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- Ely Jacques Kahn
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- Dante Gabriel Rossetti
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- Joseph Pennell
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- Boris Israelevich Anisfeld
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For his narrative of the life of Christ, Tissot created a “harmony” of the Gospels, combining the separate accounts of Jesus’ life attributed to the apostles Matthew, Mark, Luke, and John. These four New Testament texts differ from one another in theological emphasis and tone. A harmony, a literary form traced to the second-century Christian writer Tatian, seeks to reconcile the differences among the four Gospels and to piece together one continuous chronology of Jesus’ life, verse by...
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- Ferdinand Heilbuth
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- Walter Libbey
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- William Trost Richards
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- Dudley Mygatt
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- John J. Audubon
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- Joseph Pennell
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- Christopher Grant La Farge
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Created for use as calling cards, place cards, or menu cards, these charming items indicate how the "Japan craze" permeated all facets of artistic production. Grant La Farge's familiarity with Japanese motifs (such as Mount Fuji, chrysanthemums, and bamboo shoots) undoubtedly came from his family. His father, the artist John La Farge, embraced Japanese aesthetics in his own work and also collected and published widely on Japanese art; Grant La Farge's mother, Margaret, was the...
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- William Sidney Mount
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